Mrs. James Hannay

Alternately titled: Margaret Thompson

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1852 December 8

Physical Description

Medium: pencil on buff papger
Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (arched)
Signature: monogram
Note: Monogram in lower left corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1852 December 8
Model: Margaret Thompson Hannay


Current Location: Private Collection
Archival History: James Hannay; thence by descent through his daughters to his granddaughter, Mrs. Eleanor Witty; bequeathed in 1968 to her niece, Mrs. R.W. Aitken; Christie's sale June 5, 2007 (lot 101) sold for £22,800

Scholarly Commentary


DGR executed this work in Islington two months before Margaret Thompson's marriage to James Hannay.


Mrs. James Hannay
Description: “Half-length figure. Head in profile to right, the dark glossy hair drawn down smoothly and falling in ringlets on either shoulder. Head and hair are carefully finished; shoulders, bust and chair-back are sketched” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 166 (no. 322)).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
File Name: s322.rap.xml